Veteran Dani Alves signs deal with Brazil's Sao Paulo

ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 02, 2019 08:47 AM
Veteran Dani Alves signs deal with Brazil's Sao Paulo
FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, May 8, 2018, PSG's Dani Alves runs with the ball during the French Cup soccer final against Les Herbiers at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, outside Paris. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, FILE)

SAO PAULO (AP) — Veteran Brazilian right back Dani Alves has signed a free transfer deal to play for his boyhood team Sao Paulo FC.

The club announced the move Thursday in a video with the 36-year-old former Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain defender.

Brazilian media reports the deal is valid until the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

"I could have chosen anywhere to play, but I chose to return to Brazil," the right-back said.

Alves's contract with PSG expired in July. The Brazilian said then he would like to remain in European soccer.

The right-back was Brazil's captain in the latest Copa America title winning campaign. He was also voted by organizers as the best player of the tournament.

Sao Paulo is in fifth position in the Brazilian championship after 12 matches.

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